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Technical Communication Skills for EAL Students 2 COMM 0003

Communication Course

Course details

This course provides students with the writing, speaking, listening, and reading skills required to succeed in BCIT's other Professional English Language Development courses. You will practice grammar skills and language structures useful for technical communication, including writing and speaking about your background, writing formal definitions and descriptions, summarizing, and making presentations. NOTE: Seat availability is limited and registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis only. We do not guarantee or reserve seats for students with no exceptions. Please also be mindful that taking the COMM 0015 test and receiving a placement does NOT guarantee students a seat for a course in the next available term/schedule. Financial aid is also available for this course. Please refer to the following website: www.bcit.ca/finaid/abesap.shtml. Your application must be submitted NO LATER THAN THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS.

Prerequisite(s)

  • For admission into COMM 0003, students must have completed ONE of the following: (1) COMM 0015 (placement at the COMM 0003 level) within the past 12 months OR (2) Completion of COMM 0071 within the last 2 months OR (3) CLB/LINC or CELPIP score of 6 or better in both reading and writing within the last 12 months OR (4) IELTS (academic format only) of 5.0 or better in both reading and writing within the last 24 months OR (5) Completion of ELSK 520 through the VCC Pathway program OR (6) Completion of ISEP Level 4 with 50% or better in each course (if taken before January 2021) OR (7) TAE 3 with 50% (if taken after January 2021) OR (8) Completion of LEAP 5 through the Langara LEAP program OR (9) TOEFL overall score of 35 or better within the last 24 months OR (10) CAEL score of 35 or better within the last 12 months. Please check our website for other placement level(s) if your scores do not meet the prerequisites for COMM 0003: https://www.bcit.ca/computing-academic-studies/communication/professional-english-language-development/placement/ .

Credits

0.0

Cost

$606.55 - $639.38 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below are two offerings of COMM 0003 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 31159

Duration

Mon Oct 31 - Mon Dec 19 (8 weeks)

  • 8 weeks
  • CRN 31159
  • $639.38
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 31 - Dec 19 Mon 08:30 - 12:20 Burnaby NE01
Oct 31 - Dec 19 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 Burnaby NE01
Oct 31 - Dec 19 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 Burnaby NE01
Instructor

TBD

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$639.38

Important information
  1. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  2. Please check course prerequisites before registering. You can email your test scores/transcript and BCIT student number to PELD@bcit.ca for registration approval. This is an in-class course. Students are required to attend all classes on campus every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8:30am to 12:30pm. The tuition portion of this course is free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or people with protected/Convention refugee status; however, all students will still need to pay the ancillary fee, which includes things like student activity fee, student ID card, etc. BCIT must receive this payment within two business days from the time you register. You will be dropped from the course if you do not make payment before the deadline. There is no class held on Nov 11.
Status

Cancelled

This course offering has been cancelled. Please check this page for other currently available offerings or subscribe to receive email updates.

CRN 48166

Duration

Sat Nov 05 - Sun Dec 18 (8 weeks)

  • 8 weeks
  • CRN 48166
  • $606.55
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Nov 05 - Dec 18 Sat, Sun 08:30 - 16:30 Online
Instructor

Chad Fryer

Course outline

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Cost

$606.55

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. Please check course prerequisites before registering. You can email your test scores/transcript and BCIT student number to PELD@bcit.ca for registration approval. This is an ONLINE course with an instructor present during class hours. Please log into learn.bcit.ca using your BCIT student email and password on the first day of class. You will NOT be able to log into the course before the start date. Attendance is mandatory so you are expected to be online and available during course hours. The tuition portion of this course is free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or people with protected/Convention refugee status; however, all students will still need to pay the ancillary fee, which includes things like student activity fee, student ID card, etc. BCIT must receive this payment within two business days from the time you register. You will be dropped from the course if you do not make payment before the deadline. There are no classes held on Nov 12 & 13.
Status

In Progress

This course offering is in progress. Please check this page for other currently available offerings or subscribe to receive email updates.

Winter 2023

Below are three offerings of COMM 0003 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 17797

Duration

Wed Jan 04 - Wed Feb 22 (8 weeks)

  • 8 weeks
  • CRN 17797
  • $639.38
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Feb 22 Mon 08:30 - 12:20 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 318
Jan 04 - Feb 22 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 201
Jan 04 - Feb 22 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 Burnaby NE23 Rm. 101
Instructor

TBD

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$639.38

Important information
  1. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  2. Please check course prerequisites before registering. You can email your test scores/transcript and BCIT student number to PELD@bcit.ca for registration approval. This is an in-class course. Students are required to attend all classes on campus every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30am to 12:30pm. The tuition portion of this course is free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or people with protected/Convention refugee status; however, all students will still need to pay the ancillary fee (ex. student activity fee, student ID card, etc.). BCIT must receive this payment within two business days from the time you register. You will be dropped from the course if you do not make payment before the deadline. There is no class on Feb 20.
Status

Registration Options

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register by phone.

CRN 15244

Duration

Sat Jan 07 - Sun Feb 12 (7 weeks)

  • 7 weeks
  • CRN 15244
  • $626.52
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 07 - Feb 12 Sat 08:30 - 16:30 Downtown DTC Rm. 689
Jan 07 - Feb 12 Sun 08:30 - 16:30 Online
Instructor

TBD

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$626.52

Important information
  1. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  2. IMPORTANT NOTICE: This is BLENDED course in which students are required to attend classes in person at the downtown campus every Saturday and online every Sunday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Your online classes will have an instructor present during class hours so attendance is mandatory. Please log into learn.bcit.ca using your BCIT student email and password on the first day of class. You will NOT be able to log into the course before the start date. Please check course prerequisites before registering. You can email your test scores/transcript and BCIT student number to PELD@bcit.ca for registration approval. The tuition portion of this course is free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or people with protected/Convention refugee status; however, all students will still need to pay the ancillary fee (ex. student activity fee, student ID card, etc.). BCIT must receive this payment within two business days from the time you register. You will be dropped from the course if you do not make payment before the deadline.
Status

Registration Options

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register by phone.

CRN 19210

Duration

Mon Feb 27 - Wed Apr 19 (7 weeks)

  • 7 weeks
  • CRN 19210
  • $639.38
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 27 - Apr 19 Mon 08:30 - 12:20 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 318
Feb 27 - Apr 19 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 201
Feb 27 - Apr 19 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 Burnaby NE23 Rm. 101
Instructor

TBD

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$639.38

Important information
  1. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  2. Please check course prerequisites before registering. You can email your test scores/transcript and BCIT student number to PELD@bcit.ca for registration approval. This is an in-class course. Students are required to attend all classes on campus every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30am to 12:30pm. The tuition portion of this course is free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or people with protected/Convention refugee status; however, all students will still need to pay the ancillary fee (ex. student activity fee, student ID card, etc.). BCIT must receive this payment within two business days from the time you register. You will be dropped from the course if you do not make payment before the deadline. There are no classes on Apr 07 & 10.
Status

Registration Options

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register by phone.

Learning Outcomes

Writing skills

  • Organize ideas using some pre-writing techniques
  • Draft, revise and edit paragraphs
  • With the help of correction symbols, identify common grammatical components and correct identified errors
  • Use concrete content vocabulary
  • Write descriptive and expository paragraphs on a familiar or concrete topic
  • Use personal experience to write paragraphs
  • Review and practice the basic components of effective technical paragraph writing and some multi-paragraph assignments
  • Make some adjustment for audience, purpose and intended effects

Speaking skills

  • Participate in a variety of group or paired activities
  • Deliver 2 or 3 individual presentations (description, interview and process)
  • Organize thoughts and ideas in terms of purpose, sequence, language
  • Respond to questions and feedback in familiar and predictable contexts
  • Demonstrate the use of some basic presentation skills (body language, timing, eye contact)
  • Express and/or explain ideas, opinions and feelings about familiar topics with rare reliance on re-wording or rephrasing
  • Use a varying range of concrete vocabulary and some idiomatic expressions for use in classroom discussions on general topics
  • Have a good range of technical language in their particular field
  • Use a limited range of structures. (Errors, while frequent, do not prevent communication. Pronunciation, however, may impede understanding.)

Reading skills

  • Comprehend selected authentic texts and/or supported materials of moderate length (newspaper and magazine articles and manuals) within a less familiar context
  • Analyze sections of texts for main ideas, supporting details, purpose and meaning, distinguish fact from opinion
  • Use context, title, headings and format to predict and determine information about a text
  • Adjust reading rate according to task (skimming and scanning a variety of passages)
  • Comprehend high frequency content words
  • Accept some ambiguity in reading passages
  • Use context clues to guess meaning of unfamiliar words. Use affixes and roots in decoding
  • Use a monolingual learners' dictionary

Listening skills

  • Understand to a significant degree most conversations on a variety of normal general topics at a normal rate of speech
  • Understand selected information delivered through a variety of broadcast media (radio, television, video )
  • Distinguish between formal informal register in speech with some effectiveness
  • Understand most natural speech containing a variety of structures, with some dependence on repetition
  • Understand sufficient concrete and abstract vocabulary, idioms, and expressions to follow classroom discussions on general topics
  • Understand ideas, opinions, and feeling about familiar topics and activities and technical and conceptual language related to their specialization
  • Follow instructions with some repetition from instructor
  • Understand group discussion and conversations 75% of the time

Effective as of Fall 2003

Related Programs

Technical Communication Skills for EAL Students 2 (COMM 0003) is offered as a part of the following programs:

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